This year, our city is going all out, thanks to winter pop-ups, themed cocktails galore and, of course, the highly anticipated festive lights. The capital really does have the crème de la crème when it comes to those twinkling displays, and we’re here to guide you through the very best. Here are 8 fabulous spots to see Christmas lights in London this 2023 to 2024, as well as some top tips on where to cuddle up with cosy pints nearby.
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Covent Garden - The Crusting Pipe
Running from the 8th of November to the 3rd of January 2023
Covent Garden is set to run its famous London Christmas lights for 2022, and the news is sure to get everyone's sleigh bells jingling once again. You'll be able to immerse yourself in the yuletide surroundings of the main piazza, complete with the customary ginormous tree, statement statues and quirky festive fixings. Nab a space in the heart of the action for cosy pints and fine wines at The Crusting Pipe, or go the whole hog with a full Christmas dinner.
Christmas at Kew - The Coach & Horses
Running from the 16th of November to the 8th of January 2023
One of the most iconic spots in the city, Kew Gardens is bringing back its stunning light show for Christmas 2022, and boy, it's bound to impress. Celebrate some festive cheer with family and friends along this dazzling trail, complete with sparkling pavilions, glittering tunnels and some of the most Instagrammable trees around. Craving some mulled wine, or perhaps a hearty range of bites? The Coach & Horses is more than equipped to curb those cravings.
Elizabeth and Motcomb Street - The Alfred Tennyson
Running from the 9th of November to the 1st of January 2023
Update your Insta feed with Belgravia's Elizabeth and Motcomb Street epic displays. These iconic spots will be touting stunning lights for the season, alongside late opening times for those who fancy a little Christmas shopping. After a market? The Eccleston Yards is also a perfect stop-off for those last-minute presents. To finish off your evening in the best way, venture to The Alfred Tennyson and treat yourself to a glass of red from the extensive wine list.
Oxford Street - Marquis of Granby
Running from the 2nd of November until early January
And then there's the big one. We're very happy to report that The Oxford Street Christmas lights will be returning for November 2022. Every year, the twinklers are the talk of the town, glowing bright and beautiful throughout the festive season. If you're looking for somewhere to warm up after walking the length of the high street? Head over to Soho's Marquis of Granby for classic pub grub and refreshing pints in a cosy pub setting.
Carnaby Street - The Clachan
Running from the 2nd of November until late December
Known for pushing some of the most trailblazing looks, from iconic Queen themes to championing environmentalism, the Carnaby Street Christmas lights always take a top spot on the city's festive calendar. Once you're done ogling the sparkly stuff, head around the corner behind Liberty, where The Clachan pub is waiting to welcome you into its snug space for seasonal snacks. Our choice? The king prawn and smoked salmon cocktail with a crisp pint.
Winterfest At Wembley Park - Big Moe's
Running from late November until early January
Running from late November to early January, Winterfest at Wembley Park is an epic light festival that's ideal for those budget-friendly plans. Free to all, this display will showcase London’s tallest LED Christmas tree, which will be illuminated with over 100,000 lights. Swoon. Once you've taken some sparkly snaps, venture to Big Moe's, where you can quaff a signature Lotus Biscoff shake, before sinking your teeth into some American-inspired plates.
Kenwood House - The Spaniards Inn
Running from the 2nd of December to the 1st of January 2023
If you're looking for a London Christmas lights tour, then check out Kenwood House's cool trail, which will be taking place from December to January. After making its big debut in 2021, this stunning Grade I listed hotspot will be transformed yet again into an immersive winter wonderland. So, expect 'Gram-worthy light and sound installations across the space, alongside vibrant displays on the grand manor. As for drinks? Enjoy craft brews at The Spaniards Inn.
South Molton And Mount Street - The Terrace Bar
Running from the 17th of November until early January
South Molton and Mount Street are offering the earliest Christmas lights in London dates. This exclusive neighbourhood will be showcasing beautiful blue arches, alongside twinkling canopies this year, making it an ideal hotspot to go gift shopping. To quench your thirst, head to The Terrace Bar at The Chesterfield. Not only does this drinking den offer molecular concoctions, but there are also cheese and wine pairings, alongside rum experiences to enjoy.
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